HSE launches 'no red tape' guide to health at work

Published:  11 August, 2011

LONDON: A basic guide to health and safety has been launched by the Health and Safety Executive, following a government report that found employers faced "unnecessary bureaucratic burdens" complying with regulations.

The online guide covers the basic responsibilities employers have to protect the health and safety of their staff, from assessing risks to buying liability insurance.

Last year Lord Young presented the government with a review of health and safety requirements which warned that employers were operating in "a climate of fear", driven by unscrupulous claims compensation companies and insurance companies placing excessive demands on them before they will offer accident insurance policies. The new website fulfils one of the recommendations of his report, helping to reassure organisations that they are meeting their legal obligations.

Trade Unions have expressed concern about perceived attempts to downplay the risk of ill-health in the workplace. The Trade Unions Congress published its own report last year in order to challenge "myths" about health and safety. It claims that at least 20 000 people die prematurely every year because of occupational injury or disease.

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